Sunday, July 29, 2012

Dusting off the Prismas

Yesterday me, Jeni from Flip Flop Creations and Linda from Turtle in the Sand had our long awaited, much deserved girls day out.  Now where in the world do you think three crafty chics running wild choose to go?  You got it,  Hobby Lobby!  What an awesome day.  While perusing the isles I found a package of tiny Jewelry shop bottles and Immediately had a vision of my next card.  I also picked up three new Prisma pencils to add to my growing collection.  Three hours later we were almost done searching every isle when Jeni got a text from Cheryl over at Sassy Cheryl's.  She suggested to grab a pad of Bristol recycled paper for Prisma coloring.  Of course we'd be fools not to try something Cheryl suggests so I grabbed a stack too.  We finished at Hobby Lobby, stopped for lunch and duh, hit the Starbucks drive-thru.  As the chauffeur, I go to order Jeni, get this, a Grande Low fat Decaf Caramel Macchiato.  Say that five times fast...Linda and Jen went into hysterics after two attempts at repeating the order and banging my head on the steering wheel.   I finally did manage to get it right and Jeni enjoyed her beverage.  Our girls day out was awesome.  I am so blessed to have two of the most fun, comical and caring friends that anyone could ask for.  I'm a lucky gal.  Thanks Linda and Jeni for getting me out of the house and getting me motivated <3

This card is the second Harry Potter card I've created using Bugaboo's version of my favorite book and movie characters.  You can check out my first card here.  I just love Jodi's digis and couldn't wait to get this card started so I hopped over to Bugaboo's Stella Says Sketch Challenge #116 to see what sketch I needed to follow and it sure is a cool one.  Jodi is also having a Christmas in July sale but you better hurry because it ends soon.
Follow me as take you through this project.  I will say that learning to use a new coloring technique was a bit frustrating for me.  A few hours and a couple of tantrums later I finally got the results I was after, decided not to throw my Prismas out but instead have grown to love them.
Happy Crafting!
<3 -Kim  

This image immediately came to mind when I saw little potion bottles at Hobby Lobby.  I committed myself to using Prismas only, something I've never done.  It was difficult not to chuck the whole idea and grab my Copics.  Some blending stumps and odorless Turpenoid and Cheryl's Recycle Bristol paper stack and I'm underway...

What to put in Snape's potion bottles???  Glitter just didn't seem right to me so I broke out my stash of flocking powder and for me it was perfect.  I used tweezers to fill each bottle.  I also glued the cork stopper to avoid future disaster :)

I used spellbinders to die cut my tags.
Everyone knows that Snape can teach us how to "Bottle Fame and Brew Glory."

Completed project.  I have found a new love for my Prismas.
I hope it inspires you to try something new.

Card Recipe:
Digital Stamp:  Bugaboo's Har Repotter Sneaky One
Papers:  DCWV Once Upon a Time Stack, Recollections Black Card stock, Bristol Recycled 96lb
Tools/Embellishments:  Prismas! Turpenoid Odorless thinner, Spellbinders Labels Eighteen, Jewelry Shop Glass Bottles

Friday, July 27, 2012

Happy Birthday Evan!

First and foremost our family would like to thank those of you who have sent e-mails and comments for our oldest son Ethan.  Ethan is showing improvement and was a bit surprised to see that individuals from as far away as Australia and England are praying for him.  He is grateful for you and knows how blessed he is.<3

Another birthday has arrived.  It seems like our boys have grown up so fast.  Evan has conquered his fear of roller coasters.  Big Brother Ethan wanted the whole family to ride Expedition Everest at Disney a few weeks ago.  It's a super fast roller coaster that travels through a snow covered Everest and you are chased by a Yeti.  Evan impressed all of us as he ditched his fear and jumped on the ride.  For this, Evan gets his very own digi.  Happy Birthday Evan!  You're super terrific and an all around awesome young man.
Happy Birthday Buddy

If you like Evans Yeti you can visit my shop by clicking the link below.  I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend.  Oh, and my bestie Jeni from over at Flip Flop Creations just wanted me to remind everyone that it's another Harry Potter Weekend ;)
Happy Crafting <3

Card Recipe
Digital Stamp: OPC Studios Evans Yeti
Paper: DCWV Once Upon a Time Stack, Stash Cardstock
Tools Embellishments: EK Punch, Sweet Petites Ribbon, Spellbinders Labels 22

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Once in a while...

You are indeed a fortunate person to find a true friend that loves you unconditionally, without asking for anything in return.  They never tell your secrets.  They love you when you're sick, they love you when your miserable.  They love you on the days you don't like anyone, not even yourself.  They love you on bad hair days even begging you to walk in public with them.  They don't care if you own the latest fashions, hang around the coolest people or drive the most expensive car.  Every single time you walk in the front door they jump up and down, spin circles and cover you in slobbery kisses.  You are the most important person in their life.  You are their best friend. 

My co-worker Tracey lost her beautiful dog "Ladybug" yesterday due to liver failure.  Tracey and her husband are two of the best pet people I know.  Their hearts are broken to pieces.  My card is for their family during this sad time. 

Card Recipe
Digital Image:  OPC's Dog Angel Canine
Papers:  Recollections Cardstock in Black and Tan
Tools/Embellishments:  Fiskars Punch, Glue gun, Copics E's, N's, B's

Thank you to everyone for the thoughts and prayers for Ethan.
Your comments and e-mails mean so much to him.
Happy Wednesday and Happy Crafting.
<3 Kim

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Digital Freebie and A Scary Story

Hi everyone.  Long time no post but I'm back.  Disney was fantastic, Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Daisy want me to tell you "Hello."  Our family vacation was amazing.  We walked 150 miles a day, ate a ton of food and the boys made me ride almost ( yes, almost) every roller coaster in 7 parks.  We came home and needed a vacation from our vacation.  I've added a few Disney pics to the ABOUT tab if you're interested.

A Scary Story

About a week after vacation our 18 year old son Ethan complained of pain in his left ear.  Ethan never complains of being sick or painful so if he does, we pay close attention.  He swam quite a bit on vacation and is employed as a lifeguard at a local pool.  He practically lives in water and assumed he had an ear infection.   After a visit to our family doctor, this was confirmed and Doc had Ethan start using Cipro ear drops to clear up the infection.  Other than being a little painful,  all seemed to be going OK for the next 2 days.  He went to work and continued with his routine.  We didn't see him much due to his schedule but by the third night Ethan told me that he had trouble eating his lunch at work that day because his mouth "didn't work right" and complained that he couldn't blink his left eye.   I watched him blink and noticed that his right eye would blink and then his left eye would follow.  I just about came out of my skin.  Fearing a reaction to the medicine, I called the doctor with the symptoms and she told me to bring Ethan to the office first thing in the morning.
The next day at the medical office Ethan talked about his week and laughed about our vacation adventures.  While we waited for the doctor I watched him chatter on about random subjects all the while my heart sinking.   Although his voice and tone were full of smiles, his usual animated facial expressions were muted and he could no longer smile correctly.  The entire left side of his face was drooping and he had no control over any of the muscles.  (Insert red lights flashing and a mother's internal screams here.)
Both doctors in the practice thoroughly examined and questioned Ethan and consulted with a doctor outside the practice.  They determined that Ethan wasn't having a reaction to the medication and the facial paralysis was caused by a condition called Bell's Palsy.  The doctors spent a lot of time going over the diagnosis and  course of treatment with Ethan.  We have the most wonderful and caring doctors.  They told Ethan that because he noticed the symptoms early he should make a complete recovery.   If you've ever been in a situation like this you can understand that I wanted to come completely unglued.  Instead I watched Ethan with his positive demeanor talk with his doctors and it made me smile.  What a great kid we have.   Ethan, through everything remains the same jokester he's always been, could care less about his smile changing and thinks it's cool that he can sleep with one eye open...what a positive outlook he has and for this we are most blessed.  If you or your family are going though a difficult time or a similar situation, hang in there and stay positive.  The Hecker family sends our thoughts and prayers your way.
Enjoy your freebie and
Happy Crafting!
<3 -Kim

Ladybug Hide N Seek flew into the studio this weekend.
Thank you to everyone for sending wonderful e-mails and comments wishing Ethan the best.  We appreciate each and every one <3
Have a marvelous week.